Before the Invasion of Kuwait in 1990, even though we had had an eight year war with Iran, Iraq had everything. No-one had felt the effects of war so much, yes, we knew that it was happening and we saw the young soldiers return from the front but life had always continued as normal, everything you wanted and needed was there for you, including Night Clubs, Bars and Restaurants.
Saddam may have been considered a dictator and despot, but he made sure that the people of iraq were provided for, he kept crime at a minimum, the streets were clean and the system worked.
Since the ‘Liberation’ of Iraq by America in 2003, this has changed completely, those who were once our enemies and the sworn enemies of America according to Mr. Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ are now the masters of Iraq. Iran is now in control of Iraq, we have been invaded by Mullahs, only the ones in Iraq come wearing suits.
The effect is the same though, before 2003 two million people a year would visit Mecca, now in Iraq we have 18 million pilgrims to Iraq, whose only desire is to slap themselves and cry for Hussein (cousin of the Prophet Mohammed PBUH) in an effort to absolve themselves of the sins of their forefathers, the murder of Hussein and his family in Karbala.
Iraq was built on blood, throughout it’s history it has been won and lost, blood feeding it’s soil. Maybe it is for this reason that only someone with a strong fist can truly control it.
this is one of the videos that has been released through the Wikileaks website, the day of America hiding what they are doing around the world has come to an end. There are people inside the whitehouse, Pentagon and CIA that do not agree with America’s policy and now have the means through the internet to let the world know what is going on.
We are no longer in the time of the Vietnam war when the pictures and the lies were all that we had, information is instant. Thanks to Wikileaks for bringing all this to light, may you remain successful in your fight for freedom of information and speech.
With the cowboy hat, the shades and the massive smile, he looks like the kind of guy you’d meet in a bar. You might buy him a drink, laugh at him stumbling over his words, and think him a bit of an idiot. He might be the life and soul of the party. You’d be forgiven if it never crossed your mind that he might be the son of a tyrannical dictator.
But that’s exactly who he is, for this is Uday Hussein, as brought to life by Dominic Cooper on the set of new film The Devil’s Double. The film is the tale of Hussein’s son and his enslaved body double, Latif Yahia (also played by Cooper) and it’s a decidedly different twist on the Iraq movie we’ve come to expect over the last couple of years.
Set in 1980s Baghdad, it’s awash with bright neons, expensive clothes and chintzy jewelry. It’s a picture of the hidden excesses of the Hussein regime — a sight few in Iraq ever witnessed – and a harsh contrast between the Husseins and their poverty-stricken populous.
For Cooper, it was Latif Yahia’s story that proved so fascinating. Forced to undergo plastic surgery and put himself at risk as Uday’s body double, Yahia’s scars may not be as physical as many who came across the Husseins, but they’re no doubt just as deep.
“It’s an incredible journey about how the man had to lose his own identity, really, and change,” Cooper tells RT. “For him it was life threatening. Not just for himself but also for his family, which is what, I suppose, gave him a reason to take on the role — to become the double.”
But trying to get to grips with the depths Uday Hussein plumbed has been a challenge for the actor. “It was certainly a worry for me from the very beginning to play somebody for whom I could find absolutely no moral grounding or qualities that I liked about him,” says Cooper. “And that’s always difficult because you’ve got to inhabit who they are and find something that’s, not necessarily charming, but that gives you an understanding of why that person behaved in a certain way. But there’s no justification for any of his actions.”
The film co-stars Ludivine Sagnier and is being directed by Once Were Warriors helmer Lee Tamahori. And it is, he says, an Iraqi Scarface. “It’s a real bandit movie, a real gangster movie. I’ve always been fascinated by the sons of dictators and despots. They usually die in a hail of blood. They’re guys with an immense amount of power and an enormous amount of money. They can do anything they like and Uday was exactly that. We’re telling a soft story compared to what I’ve heard about this guy.”
The Devil’s Double will be released next year.